Guwahati, December 12: Krishna Kanta Handiqui National Award and National Fellowship, 2017 were presented yesterday at Pragjyoti ITA Centre, Machkhowa, Guwahati on the occasion of 12th Foundation Day of the University. The programme started from 3:00 pm and lasted till 5:15 pm.
Chancellor, Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University (KKHSOU) and Governor of Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi was the Chief Guest of the event and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was the Guest of Honour. Media Advisor to the CM, Hrishikesh Goswami, was the Special Guest in the presentation ceremony.
The Krishna Kanta Handiqui National Award 2017 was presented to Harishankar Brahma, former Chief Election Commissioner of India. It must be noted that he is the first person from Assam and second from the Northeast to hold that post. The first Krishna Kanta Handiqui National Award was given to renowned film maker Jahnu Baruah.
The Krishna Kanta Handiqui National Fellowship 2017 was jointly presented to Anshu Jamsenpa and Sarmistha Pritam.
Anshu Jamsenpa is a renowned mountaineer from Bomdila who has conquered the Mt Everest twice. She holds the record of fastest double ascents of the tallest peak by a woman.
Sarmistha Pritam is the winner of the prestigious Munin Borkotoky Literary Award 2012. She started her career as a regular writer in Assamese magazines and newspapers. Despite being specially abled, she has faced all challenges with courage and conviction. Her book Sarmisthar Atmakatha, which is based on her own life is well received by readers as well as critics.
This year onwards, a new award has been introduced for female IAS/APS aspirants. An amount of Rs 1 lakh each shall be given to five female candidates from Assam, who have cleared the Prelims so that they can prepare for the Mains. Amount for the same shall come from the contributions made by all the employees of KKHSOU.